12 January 2010

Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for health and adult social services Cllr Robin Brown said: “We would like to reiterate that we are deeply saddened and concerned about the deaths of Mr and Mrs Randall.

“Our initial findings show that contrary to speculation, the county’s key organisations were speaking with and visiting Mr and Mrs Randall throughout December and indeed on a regular basis beforehand. Nonetheless we need to see if there is anything more or different which could or should have been done.

“Therefore today I can formally announce that a full serious case review will now be launched. This independent review will be run by the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Adults Board and will fully assess the roles of all the organisations involved in this distressing case.

“The results of this review will be made public so we can see what we can all learn from this sad case.”

Notes to editors – for publication

The serious case review will be undertaken by the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB). A SAB review panel will usually comprise, as a minimum, social services, health and the police as well as any other organisations involved in the individual case.

The purpose of the serious case review will be to:

  • Establish whether there are lessons to be learned from the case about the way in which local professionals and agencies work together to safeguard vulnerable adults
  • Identify clearly what those lessons are, how they will be acted upon, and what is expected to change as a result
  • As a consequence to improve inter-agency working and better to safeguard vulnerable adults.

Case reviews are not enquiries into how a person died or who is culpable: that is a matter for the coroners and criminal courts respectively to determine as appropriate.

The SAB has an independent chair. In Northamptonshire this is Marie Seaton.